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6:45 PM ET, August 22, 2007

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Lior Ron / Google LatLong:
Sky: The final frontier  —  Since ancient times, people have looked at the sky and tried to find order in the chaos of stars and planets.  Ancient sky maps and astronomical computers were created alongside maps of the earth.  With Google Earth, we try to provide you with the best mapping …
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Tom Spring / PC World:
Hitchhikers Guide to Google Sky  —  Stardate 61105.2, planet Earth.  I've booted up my computer and loaded Google Sky and ready to trek across the galaxy.  —  Today Google released a beta version of Google Earth (4.2.0180.1134 (beta))that includes a Google Sky feature that allows …
The Bad Astronomer / Bad Astronomy Blog:
Google Sky  —  When Google Earth came out, one of my first thoughts was how cool it would be to have an application like this for the sky.  Google Earth is massively useful, and a planetarium app would be too.  —  Well, today, Google has released a version of Google Earth that maps the sky.
Megan Quinn / Google:
Introducing Sky in Google Earth
Nick / Rough Type:
My, what a friendly ad  —  Is Larry Page now writing headlines for CNET?  —  Google's YouTube, copying the "ticker ad" concept that VideoEgg introduced nearly a year ago, yesterday announced that it is slapping advertisements across the bottom of some of its videos.
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Adario Strange / Epicenter:
VideoEgg Exec: YouTube's New Ads Are Just Like Ours  —  Earlier today, in our post regarding YouTube's new overlay advertising model, we mentioned that some YouTube critics felt the site's new ad model was a direct rip-off of video network competitor VideoEgg.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
New ads jar some YouTube fans  —  Matt Harding, creator of one of YouTube's all-time most-watched videos, had a strong immediate reaction to the video site's new advertising experiment: "I'm annoyed."  —  Harding, who is seen dancing in famous spots around the world in the clip …
Discussion: Macsimum News and Portfolio.com
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD's Henri Richard to step down  —  Advanced Micro Devices will announce the imminent departure of Henri Richard, the company's chief sales officer, later this afternoon, CNET News.com has confirmed.  —  A source familiar with AMD's plans confirmed the news, first reported earlier Wednesday by Hexus.net …
Discussion: DailyTech, InfoWorld and Inquirer
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Willy Deeplung / HEXUS.net:
AMD VP Henri Richard resigns  —  printer friendly layout discuss in the forums email to a friend  —  We have it on good authority that AMD's chief sales and marketing officer Henri Richard has resigned and that his resignation has been accepted and will take effect from September 8.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google now zaps faces, license plates on Map Street View  —  Google has gotten a lot of flack from privacy advocates for photographing faces and license plate numbers and displaying them on the Street View in Google Maps.  Originally, the company said only people who identified themselves could ask the company to remove their image.
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:   Google says mobile usage has surged this summer
Brent Schlender / Fortune:
Apple's surprise weapon: Computers  —  The iPod and iPhone are hits, but they're not the company's hottest line, says Fortune's Brent Schlender.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Last January, when Steve Jobs rechristened his company by ostentatiously excising the word "Computer" and leaving it as simply …
Michael Gartenberg:
Windows Home Server  —  I am so loving this product.  It's one of those things that you think you don't need until you start using and the more you use it, the more you wonder how you lived without it.  The team over there at Redmond has been amazing with this.
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
The Last Word (for Now) on Our RSS Feed: An Excruciatingly Long and Boring Post That Will Please Exactly No One  —  The post that follows isn't likely to make anyone happy.  —  It is our third recent post about Freakonomics.com's RSS feed.  Here is No. 1 and here is No. 2.
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Surprise Surprise...TV Viewing Is Declining  —  Earlier this week I decided to cancel my Comcast (CMCSA) subscriptions, switching instead to Covad's ADSL2 service, which is faster, for now.  I didn't even think twice about switching off my cable service, because frankly with the exception …
USA Today:
Firms, investors tend to prosper with founders at the helm  —  Founders know best.  —  Like coddling parents guiding their kids as they grow, companies' founders have a gut instinct on how to best care for their babies.  —  Investors who've noticed the powerful link between founders and their companies have been rewarded.
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Ashley M. Heher / Associated Press:
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Asus set to debut volume shipments of the $199 EEE PC
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Recapping Penryn  —  Penryn is more than just a die-shrunk Conroe …
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InfoWorld:
Turkish police make arrest in TJX data breach case
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Latest iPhone update boosts Wi-Fi reception, say owners
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James Buchanan / APC:
Linus Torvalds talks future of Linux
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Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Intel launches mobile Extreme CPU
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Four charged over Panda cyber worm
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google cooks up ad strategy for YouTube
Discussion: MarketingShift
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
CafeMom, a social network for mothers
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
How Grey Is Your Valley: Making Money From Open Source
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Blogspot Down  —  Blogs hosted with Google's Blogger are down right …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Mark Ward / BBC:
Troubled times for home networks